Superdelegate Count Now Favors Obama

It's the first report that Barack has passed Hillary
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2008 4:31 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a reception celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama today moved ahead of Hillary Clinton among superdelegates for the first time. Obama picked up nine more by midday—one a defector from Clinton's camp, the Los Angeles Times reports. Both ABC and the New York Times put him ahead—the latter's count is 266-263—meaning he now leads in pledged delegates, states won, popular votes, money raised, and superdelegates.

The AP, however, has them even in the latter category. More than 250 superdelegates have yet to announce a preference. Hillary’s lead among the nearly 800 elected and party officials with special nominating power has been massive in the past; she led by more than 60 after Super Tuesday.